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Artarmon playgroup caters for all



Artarmon Playgroup has been going at St Basil’s in Broughton Rd for more than 30 years and caters for all – children and their mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers of all nationalities.

Artarmon resident Wendy Grant, who has two children in the playgroup, has been co-ordinator for the past year, joining Adrena, the other co-ordinator of the group.

She said the playgroup meets at the church hall every Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am “come rain, hail or shine”. It currently has about 17 children, from 8 months to five years old but was hoping to attract more.

She told the Gazette it was not only mothers who meet up. “My in-laws come to the playgroup every week and other grandparents drop in from time to time,” she said. “We have one regular father who comes. He’s a chef at night and looks after the kids by day. But we have some dads who take holidays and drop in from time to time too.

“It’s a relaxed and informal atmosphere and adults and children can interact while children can develop new skills through play,” she said. That included gross motor, fine motor, speech and social skills.

“We do songs and story time as well as morning tea with fruit for the children. Tea and coffee is provided for the adults,” she said.

Last year and the beginning of this had been a struggle to get enough families to join as people moved away and those who moved in were not aware of the playgroup.

The group is hoping to attract more numbers to bring in enough money to pay the increased rent at the church hall and for children’s craft activities.

“We have some regulars but most people do not come every week. It depends on the weather or how their kids are on the day,” she said.

“We’re inviting families to come and support us for a small fee. The first two sessions are free.” Artarmon Playgroup is not-for-profit and to join costs $5 a week. “That’s $5 per family, not for each child,” Wendy said. “So if someone has three children, they still pay $5.”

She said the group needed new toxic-free rubber stamps and stamp pads and new balls for its ball pit. “There are not many balls left [because] they have been crushed or broken over the years,” she said. “We need paint brushes and craft bits such as pipe cleaners, glue, pom poms – any toys, new or used, are welcome. We have not bought any new toys for quite a few years.”

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

Courtesy of Gazette May 2012
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Artarmon Playgroup
Artarmon Playgroup ... relaxed and informal
Photo: Wendy Grant

 
 


 

 

 

 
   
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